Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1836 – The Republic of Texas declares its independence from Mexico (More info)

1877 – The US Congress declares Rutherford B. Hayes the winner of the previous November’s election, even though Samuel J. Tilden won the popular vote (More info)

1933 – ‘King Kong’ opens at New York’s Radio City Music Hall (More info)

1944 – After an Italian train idles in a tunnel for more than 30 minutes, some 500 passengers die of carbon monoxide poisoning (More info)

1962 – Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points during a game against the New York Knicks, setting the NBA single-game scoring record (More info)